07/10/2023 8:17 AM
Article By: Brian Butler
The Cape League moved past its halfway point this past week. With rosters poised to see some overturn as players get selected, be sure to keep an eye on the transactions page in the upcoming days. As we move to the second half of the season, let’s take a look at some of this past week’s standout performers.
Bourne Braves: Caden Bodine, C, Coastal Carolina
There’s just something about those Coastal catchers in Bourne. Caden Bodine staked his claim as the Bravos top dog this week, going 7-15 across his four games, driving in three runs and scoring twice. On the week, Bodine slashed .467/.579/.533, doubling and walking twice to cement a strong week at Doran Park.
Brewster Whitecaps: Joey DeChiaro, LHP, Old Dominion
Joey DeChiaro was outright dominant in his two appearances for the Whitecaps this week. DeChiaro was lights out in his four innings for the Whitecaps, allowing just one baserunner via a walk. The Monarch southpaw also struck out six across his two outings. His four hitless innings lowered his season ERA to 1.89 across 19 innings. Joey DeChiaro has been a strong piece of the Brewster bullpen so far this season.
Chatham Anglers: Nolan Schubart, OF/1B, Oklahoma State
The true overpowering force in Chatham this week was the fog, which affected, if not canceled, the vast majority of the Anglers’ games. However, when they did play, Nolan Schubart was a force to be reckoned with. In his three games, Schubart slashed .333/.455/.667, adding a homer and four RBI. The Cowboy outfielder also scored and walked twice. When the Anglers return to regular competition, Nolan Schubart will surely be a force to be reckoned with.
Cotuit Kettleers: Brock Wills, IF, North Carolina Wilmington
Brock Wills made his debut for Cotuit this week, and wasted no time getting acclimated. The UNC Wilmington product was an on-base machine, reaching safely in half of his plate appearances. He also hit .385 on the week, adding a double, three walks, and a stolen base to his strong debut showing. The Kettleers’ strong season has a strong chance to keep going if Brock Wills continues his performance.
Falmouth Commodores: Travis Bazzana, 2B/CF, Oregon State
Travis Bazanna was other-worldly for the Commodores this week. In his five games, Bazzana slashed .565/.600/1.000, adding five extra-base hits (two doubles, two homers and a triple) as part of his 13 total hits. The Oregon State standout also swiped three bags and scored seven times in the five contests. The rest of Falmouth’s season is looking bright if Travis Bazzana continues this level of play.
Harwich Mariners: Josh Bostick, RHP, Grayson College
Josh Bostick’s performance for Harwich this past week was an absolute masterclass. Bostick took the mound Friday night at Whitehouse and spun six spectacular innings. Across those six frames, Bostick punched out seven, allowing just four hits and one walk. The Grayson product’s performance lowered his season batting average against to a minuscule .200, and he has struck out 21 batters in 18 innings of work. Josh Bostick will look to be a big part of the Harwich rotation for the rest of the summer.
Hyannis Harbor Hawks: Nick Mitchell, OF, Western Illinois
Nick Mitchell showed out for the Harbor Hawks this week. The Western Illinois product slashed .429/.467/.643 this week for Hyannis, adding two doubles and two triples. Mitchell also scored nine times in his six games, and added an RBI as well. Nick Mitchell’s continued strong play will likely be a big factor for the Hawks the rest of the summer.
Orleans Firebirds: Jo Oyama, INF, California Irvine
Jo Oyama was impossible to keep off the bases in Orleans this week. The Anteater infielder slashed .474/.520/.526 for the Firebirds this week, scoring three times and driving in three as well. Oyama also also walked more times (4) than he struck out (2), driving his average on the season to a second-place .371. Jo Oyama will look to keep the Birds on fire through the rest of the summer.
Wareham Gatemen: Garen Caulfield, INF, Arizona
Garen Caulfield put Wareham on notice with his performance this week. The Wildcat infielder slashed .368/.429/.526, scoring six times and driving in three. Caulfield also added his first long ball of the summer, pushing his season average to .350 in his first 11 games with the Gatemen. Garen Caulfield will look to push Wareham into a strong second half of the season.
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: Eric Yost, RHP, Northeastern
Eric Yost made his second start of the summer for Y-D this week, and it was a strong one. Yost went four innings without an earned run, allowing just two hits while striking out three. The Northeastern righthander also did not walk a batter in the outing, demonstrating masterful control. As the Red Sox move deeper into the month of July, Eric Yost will likely be a big part of their rotation.